Salt Lake,Tekke, and Stegi, Agios Charalambos
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
143Trip End Feb 06, 2011
Salt Lake, Tekke and Stegi Agios Charalambos
I am supposed to meet the owner of "Gabriel's Tradition House" in Kato Drys.
I give him a call though earlier in the morning and ask him to delay for half an hour.
We meet at 9.30 a.m.
He is supposed to take me to Kato Drys, but he is giving me a tour to some interesting
places in the Larnaka District
very kind and friendly and willing to help me take the photos I want.
I have only read positive comments on his Traditional House, so here I am now
driven towards it. I am going to spend 3 days with him and his wife Eleni who is expecting
us for lunch at their house.
Our first ride is towards the salt lake which is so beautiful at this time of year. We want to
check and see if we see some flamingoes. There are some scattered clouds in the sky, but it is
water this time of year.
We see flamingoes in the lake …..but not near the coast. Of course there are not only flamingoes here.
Various other flying species like swans, and different kinds of ducks have also emigrated
here and give life to the lake.
My host Mr. Gabriel is so patient with me. He is also interested that I take the best pictures,
and he does not hesitate to stop the car every time I think the place is suitable for a picture or two.
We turn right to the road leading to Hala Sultan Tekke just behind the salt lake
very tall Palm trees scattered in the whole of this area. I have written about the salt lake on
previous trips that I had in Larnaca, but today what I see is exceptionally beautiful.
Anyway, the contrast of green, blue and grey, the beauty of the surround area and the reflections
in the lake excite me. This beautiful spot here is the first thing a tourist sees upon arriving
in Larnaca. It is about 5 kms from the city centre and probably a mile from the Airport. It is one of the
most distinctive landmarks of the area.
(According to a legend, the lake’s saltiness stems from St
and drink. She refused, saying her vines had dried up, to which he said, “May your vines be dry and be
a salt lake forever more.”
We leave the lake and head back towards Larnaka. Gabriel takes me to see a very old church
which used to be in Nicosia some years back, but they had it pulled down and re built. It is the church of
St. Charalambos and it dates back to 1891. Unfortunately we find it locked. The route Gabriel
follows to drive me here is unknown to me. He tells me that in this little neighbourhood next to
the lake and in the houses I see, there used to live sick people with tuberculosis many years back.
To be honest I don’t ever remember coming here in this place in the past even when I was young
and living in Larnaka
and continue learning new things especially if I have the right people, and when Gabriel talks he is like a book.
He is sure of the facts he tells me and the best of all is that he is doing it with pleasure.